When the Bishop Speaks, 
    People Listen
On politics: "It's a difficult dilemma for me when it comes to politics because some politicians who embrace my concerns‹pro-life and other issues‹seem to have great compassion passion for unborn children and no interest in feeding them after they're born. If I line up with people who are interested in feeding people in need and who attack racism and discrimination, then they often also support abortion, homosexuality and other things I see as unscriptural." 

On Bible teachers who influenced him: "Most of the great writers I enjoy are deceased; some are still living. Kevin Conner is very insightful. So is Arthur Pink. But I try not to allow the greater part of my ministry to be birthed out of the revelation of other men. My favorite book to read for insight is the Bible." 

On what his wife, Serita, means to his ministry: "On a technical level, she puts the nuts and bolts together in terms of dealing with the benefits [and other details] for the staff of our ministry. But that is shaded in comparison to what she has brilliantly displayed in my personal life, which is being a woman able to release her husband to minister to the nation, to share me as a gift to the body of Christ." 

On his ministry's increasing popularity: "It has more to do with God's timing and His purpose for my life than my gifts or abilities. When you flow into God's purpose and His timing for you, He can take somebody who has less ability and use them to extreme capacity, just because they were willing to be available."  On his hope for the church: "As we come into healing and restoration, I would like to see the church rise up undaunted and be an uncompromising church in terms of our loyalty and our covenant with one another." 

On why he empathizes with the hurting: "My pain has been very diverse. Everything from racism to poverty to brokenness, along with the struggle of day-to-dayliving. But I do not think my plight has been worse than anyone else's."   On how pain shaped him: "I found out the things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that propel us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will make you better. I wanted to be made better, not bitter." 

On his shortcomings: I teach and confess openly that I'm just clay like anybody else. I don't even want to be perceived as being a superhero in the kingdom, because our only hero is Christ. I am not Him, by any stretch of the imagination."   On his popularity: "My struggle has been the scheduling, stress, busyness, weariness the loss of normalcy and privacy. Sometimes the crowds are over whelming. Those kinds of things have been perplexing for a country boy from West Virginia to deal with." 

On the success of Promise Keepers: "I believe in what Bill McCartney is doing. I believe he's making a major contribution to the body of Christ, and I'm proud to be part of it. He has flung high the welcome mat to all races to be part of the worship experience. He's done many, many things to make inroads into the community." 

On his acceptance in the evangelical community: "I've only had one or two experiences where people had a problem accepting my diversity, either racially or doctrinally. For some reason, God's just given me the grace to be able to sit on many different platforms." 

On women as pastors: "I try to avoid setting myself up as a judge to tell any body what God did or did not call them to do. There are many women who are celebrated as ministers: Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyer, Jackie McCullough, Dr. Iona Locke, Ernestine Reems and Iverna Tompkins. Many women are making a contribution to the body of Christ." 

On media criticism of his lifestyle, including his fashionable home and   Mercedes Benz: "I saw no need to hide the fact that God blessed me as a business person, investor and author. The reality is that Christianity has a stigma in our society of being impoverished. It's called the poor man's religion. Any time we become very, very successful, they discredit us." 

On why prosperity is important: "In a time when we're saying to African American men‹and men in general to take care of your children, we ought to celebrate any man who has found a gift that blessed him to be financially secure and in addition, is a minister. I don't see that as a minus." 

On his favorite musicians: " Shirley Caesar is one of my all-time favorites; plus Donnie McClurkin, and Gary Oliver.